Mayor, 4 Wing help Cold Lake Legion launch Poppy Campaign

Cold Lake Branch 211 of the Royal Canadian Legion launched its Poppy Campaign on Friday, October 27.

Branch president Todd Rorke presented the first poppies of 2023 to Cold Lake mayor Craig Copeland and representatives of the RCAF 4 Wing command team.

Legion branches across the country offer poppies for Canadians to wear in commemoration of military members who died in service to Canada. The donations collected are earmarked to be used directly in service to veterans and to Remembrance activities.

Canada will observe Veterans Week beginning November 5, leading up to Remembrance Day November 11.

4 Wing Chief Warrant Officer Dipen Mistry, Acting Wing Commander Lieutenant Colonel Frédéric Dubeau, Cold Lake Legion president Todd Rorke, and Cold Lake mayor Craig Copeland participated in an informal “First Poppy” ceremony at Cold Lake City Hall. MIKE MARSHALL, 4 WING PSP

St. Paul Legion welcomes young visitors

St. Paul Branch 100 of the Royal Canadian Legion hosted 140 local students through the week of October 23 to 27. The branch has an impressive collection of military artifacts and memorabilia that help to tell the story of the region’s veterans.

“The students come in and we give them lunch and then we split them up into groups and we tour the whole building explaining the different artifacts and mementoes and things we have,” said Legion member Peter Bednarchuk.

On Friday October 27 the branch was joined by representatives of the Town of St. Paul, the RCMP, Cadets, and 44 students from St. Paul Elementary School as they launched this year’s Poppy campaign.

The Remembrance Day ceremony in St. Paul will be held indoors at the Rec Centre on Saturday, November 11. All are welcome.

Peter Bednarchuk welcomes students to St. Paul Branch 100. SUBMITTED